- It was the first known stoning execution to take place in the country since 2012
- Extremists dug two holes for the unmarried man and woman who lived together
- Members of the public invited to take part in execution in Taghlit, Kidal region
- Four people threw stones at the paur until they had died, local officials claimed
An unmarried couple were stoned to death by Islamic extremists in Mali for the first known time since 2012, local officials claimed.
'The Islamists dug two holes where they put the man and the woman who lived maritally without being married,' the official said. 'They were stoned to death.'
The same source said members of the public were invited to take part in the public execution in Taghlit, close to Aguelhok in the Kidal region, adding: 'Four people threw stones at them until they died.'
Another local official confirmed the information, saying the Islamists had accused the unmarried couple of violating 'Islamic law' - which requires punishment by stoning.
Northern Mali fell to jihadist groups linked to Al-Qaeda in March 2012 and although they were driven out of key towns by a French-led military intervention the following year, Islamists have regrouped and now have spread further south.
During their brief control of key towns in the vast north, jihadist groups imposed a version of Sharia law which forced women to wear veils and set whipping and stoning as punishment for transgressions.
It is the first public stoning known to have taken place in Mali since July 2012, when the Ansar Dine group stoned a couple in public in Aguelhok who they accused of having children outside marriage.
The young pair were publicly executed in the remote town of Aguelhok, near the vast West African nation's northern border with Algeria, on Sunday, a spokesman for the Ansar Dine ['Defenders of the faith'] group said at the time.
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